Have been looking at some of these amazingly intricate masks from the town of Tocuaro in Michoacan, Mexico. I actually visited this town a few years ago, and was overwhelmed by the connection that these artist/carvers/painters have with their tarascan heritage. The origins of the masks are unclear to me, but I suspect that the influence of the conquistadores is present in them. They usually make these masks for Day of the dead celebrations, though ones like the one pictured are considered very valued collectors items. If you ever pass by this town be sure to visit the amazing catalogue/collection of masks, they are bit pricey, but well worth the money as they are increidible examples of folkloric mexican art. A MUST visit.